5.22.2017

With Love From Mexico // Pt. 4


Read Pt. 1 // Pt. 2 // Pt. 3

On our last day in San Cristobal, Mexico, we were able to take some time to explore the city. The team and I took the morning to go to church, then spent the rest of the day shopping, taking pictures, and eating! We shopped at our Artisan's shop as well as the town market which is full of every kind of souvenir and street food you can think of. It was so fun getting lost inside the maze of tents and seeing all of the beautiful, handmade items.

A trip to San Cristobal isn't complete without a stop in town square near their temple. This gorgeous orange and yellow temple is right in the middle of town and is the perfect photo-op. I wish I had taken more pictures on our last day, but love that I was able to step away from the photographer role - just a little bit.

5.19.2017

With Love From Mexico // Pt. 3


Read Pt. 1 // Pt. 2

On our third day in Mexico, we were able to go back to the first village we had visited, so that the Color by Amber Stylists could meet those Artisans, as well. I loved coming back here and seeing these Artisans who were so friendly and welcoming. They greeted us with smiles and their little girl, whom we all love dearly, was there with hugs and fist bumps.

I spent this day photographing the experience. From the Stylists learning to weave to capturing the details around their workshop. I also took the chance to wander their little city a couple times and take in the surroundings. It's such a gorgeous village, tucked between the mountains with a big white church in the center.

The day passed quickly and ended with gifts for the Artisans and group photos. But before we left, we were able to visit their family's shop and purchase some of their handmade goods. I didn't buy anything for myself, but did purchase a couple of adorable purses for my nieces - which they still love to this day.

5.17.2017

Simple and Sunny Afternoons with MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy


There are times when a girl just really needs some delicious chocolate. Yesterday I was out and about with my good friend, Ariel, and when I saw this scrumptious looking MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy at Walmart, and I just couldn't resist! We had plans to go to dinner, so I snagged a couple of the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars so we could indulge in a little chocolate candy for dessert. The MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars and MILKA OREO Choco-Mix Snack Mix were the perfect way to end our laid back, sunny afternoon. We ate them and giggled at all of the ridiculous photos we took, and just took in the quiet warmth that is the beginning of Summer.

The best part about the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy is that you can earn up to $0.50 when you buy any MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar with THIS COUPON! But wait, there's more! Starting tomorrow, May 18th, 2017, you can attend an in-store demo at your local Walmart and receive an additional coupon for $2.00 off OREO Chocolate! And bonus - check out my Twitter for a giveaway where five winners will receive $25 Walmart gift cards! Just look for the photo, above!

5.15.2017

From Office to Casual Event


This look is something I wore on a day when I was extremely tired, but needed to look somewhat put together. The shirt, while it gives off the look of being a nice and professional blouse, is actually so comfortable and slouchy fitting, that I don't feel confined like I would if it were an actual dress shirt. My shoes, while professional, are one of the comfiest pairs of shoes I own. And the jacket, while nice, was a great way to dress down the look when I went to a casual event later in the evening.

I loved how easy it was for me to transition from the office to an event in this outfit, without having to change, while also feeling comfortable and confident all day long, no matter how sleepy I was.

jacket - stylish treasures
shirt - hope ave (similar)
jeans - jcrew
shoes - clarks (similar)
sunglasses - c/o polette (similar)

What do you wear on days when you're exhausted yet need to look presentable?

5.12.2017

Americana Summer Party Ideas // Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe

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Summer is finally here and I couldn't be happier! I decided to kick it off with a few tips for your upcoming Summer parties. These ideas would be perfect for Memorial Day, which is just around the corner.

I wanted this party to have a classic Americana flair to it, while also being modern and trendy. To go along with my classic Americana theme, I decided to serve Hebrew National Franks®, which I bought at Walmart, with a twist! This recipe is so delicious and a better for you version than a basic frank. I also served some fresh berries in turquoise crates - which also doubled as party favors, and organic lemonade to quench my guests' thirst. To help set the summertime mood, I played some classic American rock on my record player, and let my guests take pictures in front of my vintage American flag, with sparklers and pinwheels!

Handkerchief Banner DIY
Vintage Handkerchiefs
String
Clothes Pins

Directions
First, decide how you'd like to hang the banners. I originally was going to do it criss-cross, but decided to just hang one above the other, instead. Next, fold your handkerchiefs in half to form a triangle. Drape them over the string, and connect them at the corners with clothes pins.


Spicy Honey Mustard Recipe
1/2 cup Gulden’s Mustard®
1 cup Mayo
1/4 cup Raw Honey

Directions
In a bowl, combine mayo, Gulden’s Mustard, and raw honey. Whisk together until combined completely. Chill, whisk again, serve! I used this on the gourmet hot dogs I served at my party and it was so good! (recipe below)

Fry Sauce Recipe
1/2 cup Hunt’s® Ketchup
1/2 cup Mayo
1 tbsp Gulden’s Mustard

Directions
In a bowl, whisk together Gulden’s Mustard, Hunt's Ketchup, and mayo until completely combined. Chill, whisk again, and serve! I love to eat mine with sweet potato fries!

Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe
Hebrew National Franks
Ezekiel Bread Hot Dog Buns
Diced Avocado
Arugula
Homemade Honey Mustard (recipe above)

Directions
On a grill, cook the Hebrew National Franks for five minutes, then flip and cook for another five minutes. Also toast the ezekiel bread buns on the grill until golden brown. Once cooked, top the bun with the Hebrew National Franks, then add the diced avocado, fresh arugula, and drizzle on the homemade honey mustard.

This recipe was such a great twist on an American classic and perfect for all of your Summer grilling parties! It's so easy to cook up a whole bunch for large gatherings!

I hope you enjoyed this party as much as I did! These party ideas are perfect for a large group or a small gathering. Be sure to let me know if you give any of them a try!

To find more cookout inspiration, be sure to check out these great Summer party ideas! And when planning your own party, earn $1 with purchase of TWO Hebrew National Franks 11oz or larger, and earn $0.50 with purchase of ONE Hunt's Ketchup, when you use this great offer!
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